The Rodanthe Pier reopened to the public for the 2022 season on Saturday, April 2, after conducting a series of storm-related repairs over the winter months.
The pier sustained significant damage from a November 2021 storm which brought ocean overwash to the Outer Banks, and closed N.C. Highway 12 from Rodanthe to Oregon Inlet for three consecutive days.
While structural damage from the storm was mostly minimal on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, the Rodanthe Pier had two consecutive sections cave in, as well as other damage, such as the loss of a piling and the pier’s fish cleaning table.
“We repaired the collapsed section by replacing two pilings and rebuilding the sections,” stated Terry Plumblee, owner/manager of the Rodanthe Pier. “That was about 25 feet of [the] pier. Then we inspected the entire pier, and replaced deteriorated bolts and a few timbers, [and] then replaced some decking and railing.”
The full length of the pier is officially open to the public, and there have already been reports of multiple catches over the past few days, including sheepshead, blowtoads, bluefish, and puppy drum. The pier will also be the site of an upcoming Easter Sunrise Service on April 17, hosted by the Fair Haven United Methodist Church (UMC) in Rodanthe.
The Rodanthe Pier is currently open seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. until dark. For more information on the Rodanthe Fishing Pier, visit https://www.rodanthepierllc.com/.